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Today's News

  • Lady Devils, Green Wave advance to Pigeon Forge

    The Midway Middle School boys and Harriman Middle School girls advanced to the TMSAA Class AA Sectional Tournament in Pigeon Forge with consolation round victories Thursday night in the Area 4 AA Tournament at Lenoir City.

  • RMS pulls off Area 4 three-peat

    Thursday night was another big night for the Rockwood Middle School boys basketball team as the Tigers won their third straight Area 4 AA Championship and 42nd game overall with an exciting 47-44 victory over Lenoir City on the Panthers home court.

  • School officials sort out contracts

    The Roane County Education Association wants to engage in collaborative conferencing with the Board of Education.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff informed the board about the association’s desire last month.  

    “We’ll be moving forward on that,” she said. “It’s not anything that’s been forgotten. It’s just that it takes a while to get into this new mode of doing it.”

  • I-40 mtg. set for Monday

    Rockwood’s committee focused on getting an Interstate 40 interchange and connector road at Hwy. 299 into the city will have its first meeting Monday, Feb. 6, at 1 p.m.

    Rockwood officials talked about the possibility of getting the interchange on the highway, which crosses I-40, and the connector road would replace the old Airport Road.

    The new road would come down the mountain into Rockwood Street.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Romney’s case shows rich not ‘job creators’

    As you well know, gentle reader, the principal reason set forth by the defenders of giving the extremely wealthy a “free ride”, insofar as the rate of taxation imposed on their income, is the assertion that these are the “job creators.”

    Now, this is a defence that they may or may not believe.

    After all, some folks can make themselves believe just about anything, no matter how preposterous.

  • GUEST OPINION: Support for free speech drops if you hate message

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Does anybody have a sense of humor anymore?

    The First Amendment’s role in protecting free speech is to shelter remarks that most people don’t like. Words that everybody finds acceptable need no defense.

    In between those two polar points is the daily give-and-take of discourse. The verbal tumult of braggadocio, insults, satire and plain speaking can pass the time of day or give rise to what lawyers and Supreme Court justices politely call “robust discussion.”

  • Crowded field no bother for property assessor

    The more is often the merrier for a political incumbent.
    “I think that’s probably the reason the existing property assessor is pretty excited that there’s so many running,” J.T. Woods said.
    Woods is one of five people in the race for Roane County property assessor.
    Incumbent Teresa Kirkham acknowledged that the crowded field works in her favor.
    “That will split up the vote,” she said.
    David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette are the other candidates in the race.

  • Opponent once was Kirkham's employee

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said she knows why J.T. Woods is running for her job.
    “Because I fired him,” she said.
    Woods is looking to unseat Kirkham in the August election. He’s not alone.
    Other candidates in the race for property assessor include David Morgan, Cheryl L. Laxton and Steven Robinette.
    According to county records, Woods worked in the property assessor’s office from Sept. 21, 2008, to Nov. 15, 2010.
    He said Kirkham is not telling the truth when she says she fired him. 

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.

  • Valentines married 68 years

    For 68 years, Nadine and Glen Kinser have kept their marriage strong.
    “It seems like such a short time,” said Nadine, 87. “We’ve always got along good.”
    “He’s a loving, kind man. I don’t believe I could have found a better one if I could have looked the whole world over. He was born in Nebraska, and I was born in Kentucky. So he had to come all the way from Nebraska to find me. That has always been our saying,” she said.